RTDNA Canada draws hundreds to Toronto

June 6, 2016 01:30

By Amy Tardif, RTDNF Chair

I spent the weekend in Toronto representing RTDNA at the RTDNA Canada 2016 conference. President Ian Koenigsfest presided over 145 attendees. International representative Kym Geddes, News Director of Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, was re-elected to serve on the RTDNA-US board.

The Canadian board approved a new ethics code which takes effect in July. It will be platform agnostic, upholding journalistic integrity no matter where the work appears. Ethics chair and RTDNA Canada Past President Andy LeBlanc said this was easier than adapting the code again in a few years when more technology appears which we can’t yet fathom.

The conference theme was “Surviving and Thriving in the Changing Media Landscape”. Session topics included new audience metrics, radio in a multi-platform world, and podcasting. The CBC, for example, has had success with at least four different podcasts.

Conference speakers included CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield, a Canadian and dual citizen, who talked about what it’s like covering the Presidential election in the U.S. She said she continuously has more than enough material about Donald Trump to fill her hour-long show Legal View weekdays at 12:00pm and has to decide what not to use every day.

RTDNA Canada gave out 64 Excellence in Journalism awards and 29 regional Edward R. Murrow awards. It also named two Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Peter Mansbridge is the chief correspondent of CBC News and Tom Clark is the chief political correspondent for Global News.